With 66 games in 2011 and 43 in 2012, Lonnie Chisenhall is accustomed to part time work for the Cleveland Indians. Of those games he only played around 45 total at third base over the course of both seasons. Chisenhall is more than happy this season as the Indians have given him the nod and said he is the guy at third this season.
Bingo! This is what he’s been waiting for. All he has to do now is deliver big time and show the world, most of all the Indians, what he can do. To stick with the job for more than a year or part of the year, Chisenhall might need a few tweaks on his game. Defensively he is okay but there are some holes. He’s never been a human vacuum over there with a fielding percentage usually under the .940 mark.
Offensively he has been pretty solid but could see improvement with constant time exposed to MLB pitchers. With only two partial seasons to his credit, Chisenhall figures to have some upside left in him. What he plans to do is to release that upside early and often to reassure Terry Francona and his staff made the right decision. If all goes well, look for upwards of 20 homers and 75 to 90 runs batted in.